Scandal-hit Joc Chief To Resign

Scandal-hit JOC chief to resign

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee will likely announce on Tuesday his intention to resign when his current term expires in June.

Sources told NHK that Tsunekazu Takeda is expected to make the announcement at a JOC board meeting.

Scandal-hit Joc Chief To Resign

Scandal-hit JOC chief to resign

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee will likely announce on Tuesday his intention to resign when his current term expires in June.

Sources told NHK that Tsunekazu Takeda is expected to make the announcement at a JOC board meeting.

Child Abuse Cases Hit Record High In Japan

Child abuse cases hit record high in Japan

Cases of child abuse and the number of abused children both hit record highs in Japan last year.

The National Police Agency says there were 1,380 cases of child abuse nationwide last year involving arrests or questioning. The number of victims under 18 totaled 1,394.

Tsunami-hit School Buildings Open As Memorial

Tsunami-hit school buildings open as memorial

Buildings of a high school in northeastern Japan that were heavily damaged in the 2011 tsunami have opened to the public as a memorial to the disaster.

About 60 people, including city officials, took part in a ceremony in the city of Kesennuma on Sunday. They observed a moment of silence for the victims of the disaster.

High-speed Ferry May Have Hit Whale

High-speed ferry may have hit whale

The Japan Coast Guard suspects a jetfoil ferry boat collided with a whale. A crewmember claims to have spotted a large, white object in the water moments before impact.

The collision occurred on Saturday afternoon while the vessel was travelling from Niigata port to Sado Island. Eighty people were injured, 13 seriously.

Tsunami-hit School Buildings Open As Memorial

Tsunami-hit school buildings open as memorial

Buildings of a high school in northeastern Japan that were heavily damaged in the 2011 tsunami have opened to the public as a memorial to the disaster.

About 60 people, including city officials, took part in a ceremony in the city of Kesennuma on Sunday. They observed a moment of silence for the victims of the disaster.

Tsunami-hit School Buildings Open As Memorial

Tsunami-hit school buildings open as memorial

Buildings of a high school in northeastern Japan that were heavily damaged in the 2011 tsunami have opened to the public as a memorial to the disaster.

About 60 people, including city officials, took part in a ceremony in the city of Kesennuma on Sunday. They observed a moment of silence for the victims of the disaster.

Households On Welfare Hit Record In Fy2017

Households on welfare hit record in FY2017

Japan's welfare ministry says the number of households receiving assistance hit a record high in the fiscal year ending in March 2018.

The ministry puts the monthly average number of households on welfare for fiscal 2017 at 1,640,854. That's up about 3,800 from the figure for the previous fiscal year.

Foreign Visitors Hit Record 31 Million; Dropped Bundles Of Cash

Foreign visitors hit record 31 million; dropped bundles of cash

With the number of visitors to Japan and related spending at record highs, tourism authorities hope to keep the good times rolling by zeroing in on those from high-spending countries.

A whopping 31.192 million people came to Japan last year and spent a total of 4.5 trillion yen ($41.3 billion), according to preliminary data from the tourism ministry and the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).

Work To Demolish Tsunami-hit Town Hall Begins

Work to demolish tsunami-hit town hall begins

Workers have started demolishing a former town hall building in northern Japan that was severely damaged by the tsunami on March 11th, 2011.

People of Otsuchi Town in Iwate Prefecture have been divided for nearly eight years over whether to demolish the building or preserve it as a memorial to the disaster.

Heavy Snow Hit Areas On The Sea Of Japan Coast

Heavy snow hit areas on the Sea of Japan coast

Weather officials are warning of further snowfall in areas along the Sea of Japan coast.

The Meteorological Agency says the influx of a strong cold air mass due to a winter pressure pattern has brought heavy snow to mountainous areas along the Sea of Japan coast.

Kono: Japan Ready To Help Tsunami-hit Areas

Kono: Japan ready to help tsunami-hit areas

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan is ready to provide as much support as it can to the areas hit by Saturday's tsunami in Indonesia.

On Monday, two days after the tsunami struck the islands of Java and Sumatra, Kono sent a message to his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi.

Typhoon-hit Kansai Int'l Airport To Be Stormproof

Typhoon-hit Kansai Int'l Airport to be stormproof

The operator of Kansai International Airport has unveiled measures to protect the airport from flooding and a storm surge.

The international gateway in western Japan was temporarily closed in September when it was hit by Typhoon Jebi.